midwinter fun

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One of our favorite midwinter treats is a trip to our state farm show. The livestock competitions and displays, cooking demos, agricultural learning booths, and of course the food (!) always make for a fun day out at an otherwise quiet time of year. This year we particularly liked the preserved food and craft competition areas (definitely plan to enter some of our Baldy Hill Pantry items next year!), the bar-b-que sauce pickled eggs, and the livestock barns — although we were disappointed to find out the chickens were on display only the first weekend due to a lack of volunteers, so we missed them. As always, the milkshakes were especially yummy, too. πŸ™‚

Over the weekend, I made up some suet cakes for our outdoor bird friends. We’d been gifted some venison offcuts from a friend, which we make for the dogs, and I heated up the fat and added bird seed to old packaging from store-bought suet cakes

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I then put them outside on our porch for an hour or two to allow them to cool and harden, before transferring to freezer bags to store until needed.

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Super cheap, easy to make, and the birds love them, too! πŸ™‚

In the US today, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Here is one of my favorite quotes of his, so relevant now as ever.

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.

Have a great week, everyone!

 

 

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